Research and Honors

 

Positions and Employment

1976-1978 Regional Supervisor, Institute Bienestar Campesino (INVIERNO), US Peace Corps, San

Ramon, Nicaragua

1978-1979 Program Development Coordinator, Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Medical Center, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH

1979-1988 Instructor, Clinical Community & Family Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH

1984-1985 Site Coordinator, Dartmouth Institute for Better Health Project, Miami Beach, FL

1984-1985 Adjunct Asst. Prof., Dept. of Family Medicine, University of Miami School of Medicine, FL

1985-1987 Site Coordinator, Dartmouth Institute for Better Health Project, Hilo, HI

1987-1992 Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hilo, HI

1989-1995 Director of Sociology and Political Science Internship Programs, Univ. of HI at Hilo, Hilo, HI

2000-2005 Associate Director of Geriatric Medical Education, Division of Geriatrics, University of South

Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, SC

2000-2005 Asst. Professor of Medicine, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, SC

2005-2009 Research Asst. Professor of Medicine, University of North Carolina School of Medicine,

Chapel Hill, NC

2008 Interim Director, Office of Educational Development, School of Medicine, University of North

Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

2009-present Research Associate Professor of Medicine, University of North Carolina School of Medicine,

Chapel Hill, NC

Honors and Awards

2003 Delta Omega Honor Society

2004 Geriatric Best Practice Award, The SCHA/SAGE Institute

2007-present American Geriatrics Society, National Public Education Committee

2010-present Fellow, Academy of Educators, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

 

C.  Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

1. Simmons JJ, Roberts E, Nelson EC. (1983) Self-care: tools, strategies, and methods. Generations (Spring):46-47.

2. Nelson EC, McHugho G, Schnurr P, DeVito C, Roberts E. (1984) Medical self-care education for elders: a controlled trial to evaluate impact. American Journal of Public Health 74(12):1357-1362.

3. Simmons JJ, Roberts E, Nelson EC. (1986) The Dartmouth self-care for senior citizen’s program: tools,

strategies, and methods. In Dychtwald  K, ed. Wellness and Health Promotion for the Elderly: An

Overview. Rockville, MD: Aspen Systems Corporation, pp. 235–246.

4. Nelson EC, Roberts E, Simmons JJ, Tisdale WA. Medical and Health Guide for People Over Fifty. Glenview, IL: Scott, Foresman.

5. Roberts E, Chong E, Carswell R, Takenaka J, Tulang J. (1989) Hawaii Asian-American response to the Staying Healthy After Fifty program. Health Education Quarterly 16 (4):509-572.

6. Simmons JJ, Nelson EC, Roberts E, Salisbury ZT, Kane-Williams E, Benson L. (1989) A health promotion program: Staying Healthy After Fifty.  Health Education Quarterly 16(4):461-72.

7. Benson L, Nelson EC, Napps SE, Roberts E, Kane-Williams E, Salisbury ZT. (1989) Evaluation of the Staying Healthy After Fifty educational program: impact on course participants. Hlth Ed Q 16(4):485-508.

8. Nelson EC, Roberts E, Simmons JJ, Tisdale WA. (1990) Your Medical and Health Logbook. Glenview, IL: Scott, Foresman.

9. Goodman RJ, Dubanoski JP, Braun KL, Roberts E, Lenzer AM. (1995) Development of an introductory gerontology telecourse. Educational Gerontology 21:581-592.

10. Braun KL, Roberts E, Dubanoski JP, Lenzer AM, Goodman RJ. (1998) Evaluating a telecourse on aging. Educational Gerontology 24:141-157.

11. Dubanoski JP, Goodman RJ, Braun KL, Roberts E, Lenzer AM. (1999) Growing old in a new age: national and international evaluation of a gerontology telecourse. Educational Gerontology 25:723-740.

12. Thornhill JT, Richeson NA, Roberts E. (2002) Senior mentor program: a geriatric-focused curriculum. Academic Medicine.  In Progress Reports in Academic Medicine 77(9):934-935.

13. Roberts E, Richeson N, Thornhill J, Eleazer GP. (2004) University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Academic Medicine 79(7):S161-S167.

14. Eleazer GP, Laditka SB, Roberts E, Hirth VA, Wieland D. (2005) Geriatrics training and education for nongeriatrician faculty: The Dean’s Faculty Scholars in Aging Program. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 53:1806-1810.

15. McFarland K, Rhoades D, Roberts E, Eleazer GP. (2006) Teaching communication and listening skills to medical students: using brief clinical life review with older adults. Gerontol & Geriatrics Ed 21(1):81-94.

16. Eleazer GP, Wieland D, Roberts E, Richeson N, Thornhill JT. (2006) Preparing medical students to care for older adults: impact of a senior mentor program. Academic Medicine 81(4):393-398.

17. Stewart TJ, Roberts E, Eleazer GP, Boland R, Wieland D. (2006) Reliability and validity considerations for two common measures of medical students’ attitudes toward older adults. Educ Gerontol 32:1-13.

18. Corwin S, Frahm K, Ochs LA, Rheaume CE, Roberts E, Eleazer GP. (2006) Medical student and senior participants’ perceptions of a mentoring program designed to enhance geriatric medical education. Gerontol & Geriatrics Education 26(3):47-65.

19. Roberts E, Richeson N, Thornhill JT, Corwin S, Eleazer GP. (2006) Senior mentor program at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine: an innovative geriatric longitudinal curriculum. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education 27(2):11-23.

20. McWilliams A., Rosemond C., Roberts E, Calleson D, Busby-Whitehead J. (2008) An innovative home-based interdisciplinary service-learning experience. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education 28(3):89-104.

21. Eleazer GP, Stewart TJ, Wieland GD, Anderson MB, Simpson D, Roberts E, et al. (2009) The national evaluation of Senior Mentor Programs: Older adults in medical education. J Am Geri Soc 57:321-326.

22. Caprio  AJ, Rollins VP, Roberts E. Healthcare professionals’ perceptions and use of the Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (MOST) form in North Carolina nursing homes. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association (In Press).

 

D. Research Support

Ongoing Research Support

Grant # NA Busby-Whitehead (PI) 2011-2014

Donald W. Reynolds Foundation

Next Steps in Physicians’ Training in Geriatrics

The overall goal is to transform UNC-CH institutional expertise in geriatrics to take exceptional care of our elderly patients, by expanding training in geriatrics to five specialties and subspecialties: Hospitalists, Geriatric Oncologists, Surgeons, Physiatrists, and Emergency Medicine Physicians.

Role: Co-Principal Investigator

 

UB4HP19053                       Busby-Whitehead (PI) 2010-2015

Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Carolina Geriatric Education Center Consortium

The goal of this project is to improve the health of North Carolina older adults through the provision of geriatrics education that addresses evidence-based and culturally competent care for the state’s increasingly diverse older adult population.

Role: Co-Principal Investigator

 

1T35AG038047-01             Busby-Whitehead (PI) 2010-2015

National Institute on Aging (NIA)

UNC-CH Summer Research Training in Aging for Medical Students

The long-term goal is to increase the number of physician-scientists engaged in biomedical, clinical, or health services research in those areas necessary to continue the mission of the NIA. The short-term goal is to provide medical students with a meaningful aging research experience early in their medical school career.

Role: Project Evaluator

 

Grant # NA Johnson (PI) 2009-2012

Donald W Reynolds Foundation (Awarded to University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine)

Comprehensive Programs to Strengthen Physician Training in Geriatrics

The goal of the grant is to strengthen physician training in geriatrics.

Role: Investigator/Faculty Mentor

 

Grant # NA Biese (PI) 2009-2011

The American Geriatrics Society/John A. Hartford Foundation Project

Geriatrics-for-Specialists Initiative: Geriatrics Education for Specialty Residents Program (GSR)

The goal is to create and incorporate new, interdisciplinary curricular components and learning experiences to develop a comprehensive geriatric curriculum focused on high impact areas of geriatric care in the emergency department setting.

Role: Co-Investigator

 

009424-001 Busby-Whitehead (PI) 2009-2013

The John A. Hartford Foundation

Carolina Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine and Training

The goal is to increase the institutional capacity to recruit, train, and sustain young investigators/clinical educators within an academic track.

Role: Associate Director/Faculty Mentor

 

Completed Research Support

2008-0145 Busby-Whitehead (PI) 2005-2008

The John A. Hartford Foundation

Carolina Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine and Training

The goal is to increase the institutional capacity to recruit, train, and sustain young investigators/clinical educators within an academic track.

Role: Associate Director/Faculty Mentor

 

Grant # NA Eleazer (PI) 2009-2010

Fullerton Foundation (Awarded to the University of South Carolina at Columbia)

Senior Mentor Programs for the Carolinas

Goals: (1) export the USC School of Medicine Senior Mentor Program model to UNC School of Medicine and implement in undergraduate curriculum, (2) export the model nationally by leveraging this award with national resources to create a national resource center for implementation of Senior Mentor Programs.

Role: UNC-Chapel Hill NC Project Co-Director/Curriculum Developer

 

1-D31-HP-08833-01-00         Busby-Whitehead (PI) 2007-2010

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Carolina Geriatric Education Center Consortium

The goal of this project was to improve the health of North Carolina’s older adults through the provision of geriatrics education that addresses evidence-based and culturally competent care for the state’s increasingly diverse older adult populations.

Role: Co-Principal Investigator

 

Grant # NA Busby-Whitehead (PI) 2007-2010

UNC Health Care System, Investments for the Future

Improving the Health of North Carolina’s Underserved Elders

Goals: (1) improve access and navigation of the UNC Health System by the frail elderly and their community physicians, (2) improve communication among hospital, clinic, home, nursing home, and day care, to better integrate the healthcare of the elderly.

Role: Co-Investigator

 

Grant # NA Dilworth Anderson (PI) 2006-2008

National Institute on Aging/Center for Aging and Diversity (Unfunded Extension)

K07 Career Leadership Award

Closing the Gap of Minority Aging and Health Research

The purpose was to learn about the health-related experiences and concerns of adults aged 50 and older in selected emerging immigrant populations in North Carolina (Hmong, Mexican and Russian/Ukrainian).

Role: Principal Investigator of K07 Pilot Award

 

Grant # NA Connolly (PI) 2006-2007

Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO/Ford Foundation)

Women’s Health Care Selectives:  Addressing Core Competencies Across Disciplines

The goal was to develop, implement, and evaluate an interdisciplinary, outpatient-focused women’s health care selective with the APGO competencies and indicators of concern, serving as the focus for curriculum development. Overall goal was to enhance graduating medical student knowledge and skills essential to providing optimal health care to women.

Role: Curriculum Specialist

 

Grant # NA Busby-Whitehead (PI) 2005-2007

Donald W. Reynolds Foundation

Comprehensive Program to Strengthen Physicians’ Training in Geriatrics

The goal was to enhance physician training in geriatrics.

Role: Co-Principal Investigator